TED Talk By Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop Per Child

Nicholas Negroponte’s Vision of One Laptop Per Child

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Nicholas Negroponte founded the nonprofit organization of One Laptop Per Child with the aim of empowering the world’s poorest children through education. The organization’s goal is to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop.

To accomplish this, they have developed hardware, content and software for collaborative, fun and self-directed learning. This tool can engage children in their own education and empower them to learn, share and create together. By becoming connected to each other and the world through technology, the door is opened toward a brighter future.

The XO laptop is Linux-based, with a dual-mode display that features both a full-color transmissive mode and a second display option that is black and white, reflective, and sunlight-readable at 3x resolution. The XO has a 1GHz processor and 1 GB of memory.

TED Talk By Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop Per Child

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Nicholas Negroponte is the founder of MIT Media Lab, and also heads the One Laptop Per Child project to build and distribute the $100 laptop to poor children around the world.

In a TED Talk he gave the audience greater detail on the project which has become his primary focus. He noted that in a village in Cambodia with no electricity, no water, no telephone and no TV, children have access to broadband Internet thanks to the one laptop per child program, and their first English world is “Google” and they also know how to us Skype.

Their parents love it because when they open up the laptops, it’s the brightest light source in the house, which becomes a school for these children now. The program has been applied in the US as well, with great results including a drop in discipline problems and a n increase in student participation.